Great Victoria Desert


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Great Victoria Desert,

Australia's largest desert, c. 163,900 sq mi (424,400 sq km), South Australia and Western Australia states. Forming the southern belt of the Western Australia desert, it lies S of the Gibson Desert, W of the Tirary and the Sturt Stony deserts, E of East Coolgardie Goldfield, and N of Nullarbor PlainNullarbor Plain
[Lat.,=no trees], vast, barren limestone plateau, c.100,000 sq mi (260,000 sq km), S Australia, extending from the Great Victoria Desert (N) to the Great Australian Bight (S) in Western Australia and South Australia states.
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. Consisting of sand dunes, scrub, and salt marshes, it was named for Queen Victoria by Ernest Giles, who in 1875 was the first European to cross it. Precipitation is sparse and unreliable, with some areas receiving only occasional thunderstorms. The desert is crossed by the 700-mi (1,126-km) Great Central Road.
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Great Victoria Desert

 

a sand desert in southern Australia between 26° and 30° S lat. Its area is 300,000 sq km. The desert stretches 1,200 km from Stuart Range in the east (South Australia) to the Salt Lakes plain in the west (Western Australia). The greatest width in the eastern part is 550km, and the average elevation is 150–300 m. The characteristic relief forms are sand dunes (up to 10–30 m high), extending from the west-northeast to the east-southeast along the direction of the prevailing winds. The dunes are stabilized by a sod of the spiky grass spinifex. There are acacias and scrub eucalypti in the troughs between the dunes. In years with maximum winter precipitation, the total precipitation is from 125 to 250 mm a year. The desert is almost without springs and is difficult to cross. It was first transversed in 1875 by the English explorer E. Giles.

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Great Victoria Desert

a desert in S Australia, in SE Western Australia and W South Australia. Area: 323 750 sq. km (125 000 sq. miles)
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The Great Sandy Desert, Gibson Desert, Great Victoria Desert, Simpson Desert, and the Sturt Desert
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